Google Reader Being Shutdown in Part Due to Compliance Issues? (Rumor)

If you haven’t heard that Google Reader is shutting down… well you probably don’t read Internet news much, do you? The news of Google’s shutdown has caused all sorts of different reactions from the instant creation of “save Google Reader” petitions to many users jumping ship to Feedly and other alternatives.

So why exactly did Google decide to axe its Reader? According to a new report by All Things D, it could be that one of the reasons could have to do with compliance and privacy issues. Supposedly Google is looking into all their services and products to reduce issues that could cause problems with regulators or even lawsuits.

While the privacy problems that existed with Google Reader could have been fixed, Google allegedly didn’t want to spend the money/resources in creating such a team for Google Reader, considering the product continues to slowly decline when it comes to the number of users.

This is an unconfirmed report and should be taken with a grain of salt, but it kind of makes sense. Keeping Google Reader going probably wasn’t THAT difficult or costly for Google, but if there were potential issues with compliance and privacy that could later cause them issues, it might have proven easy to just pull the plug right now.

What do you think, could this be the real reason for the sudden announcement of closure or do you simply think it is about declining users and Google’s ‘spring cleaning’ policy when it comes to services that just aren’t as popular as they used to be?

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